Halloween is right around the corner and it’s time to find a costume. As you get older, dressing up for Halloween typically involves a work party. There are several things you should consider before going out and getting a costume! Be conscientious of what you choose to wear. There are many Halloween costumes you should avoid and lots of great ones that are safe! Refrain from costumes that can be construed as racist, sexist, politically incorrect, etc. Remembering that there are all kinds of people in the workplace and what you may find funny or entertaining could land you in the unemployment line.
Here are some classic costume ideas that are safe for a work party. Skip the tasteless, scantily clad “costumes” and opt for a tasteful classic look that will turn heads without prompting a meeting with your Human Resources division. Here are five ideas to get you started on a classy costume that’ll get noticed.
Ghost - Dare I say that dressing up as a ghost is probably the most well known costume and by far one of the easiest costumes to put together. This one definitely fits the bill for a last minute costume. All you need for this ensemble is a white bed sheet with a few holes cut in it for your head and arms. You can accessorize with white gloves and shoes.
Paper Boy - What started as a first job for many has now turned into a fun, classic costume that is easy to put together. These days you are unlikely to hear the words “Extra, extra, read all about it!” on your way to work in the morning. Relive a time past with this fun and simple costume. To put it together, grab a newsboy cap, overcoat and slacks. Accessorize with a satchel and some papers of course!
Hippie - Relive the 1960’s with this fun look! Wear out your hair or grab a wig. Break out the beads, head band and peace signs for a great costume! The hardest part of this costume is going to be abstaining from a shower (insert laugh here). A tye dye shirt, and an old pair of pants (think holes and tears) should complete your costume. Shoes not required. If you want to get really into it, try dreading your hair and skip shaving for a week. Accessorize with beads, necklaces, headbands and peace signs.
Golfer - Dress in memory of one of the greatest golfers of all time; Arnold Palmer. Grab your club and join Arnie’s Army and honor him with this great costume idea. Put it together with an Ivy cap, golf pants, Polo shirt (suspenders if you’re up for it) and golf shoes. Accessorize with a golf club of course! If you don’t have the gear, there is a good chance Grandpa can help you out.
Treasure Hunter - Seems that most of the treasure hunting themed costumes imitate the new look of Lara Croft from the game and feature film Tomb Raider. Stand out from the rest with a classy treasure hunting costume; think Indiana Jones. Fedora hat, khaki pants and hiking boots will make you a respectable treasure hunter appropriate for the workplace. Accessorize with a hand made treasure map and a metal detector.
While there are thousands of costume ideas out there, these 5 classics should generate some great ideas!